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Just like you can remember a list of items in sequence by storing them at a sequence of places (eg.The BLOKES System places), you can memorise a pack of cards by having a visual image that means each card of a pack; and you might even imagine a jester to mean the joker card.

One way to do this is to look at the 00 to 99 people images and pick 52 people from there.

Below is a list of consonants and vowels which can construct syllables to match syllables in the 00 to 99 People System; so the 3 of Clubs can be consonant 3 and the vowel for Clubs:

3 is G (see below; Clubs is O. So look up GO person in the 00 to 99 People System: GOrdon Impressed.

Prefix Card
Ch Ace
Sh 2
G 3
D 4
N 5
T 6
Z 7
S 8
F 9
B 10
J Jack
L Queen [Lady]
K King

Spades A Green
Hearts E Red
Diamonds I Yellow
Clubs O Blue

When I implement a system of over 2500 cards (see the article about a 5000 system), I will be on my way to representing two cards in one image. It's unnecessary but would make memorisation faster. In memory sports, people want to shave time off how long it takes them to memorise a pack of cards. I like the idea that one image can 'chunk' together more than one card. Maybe even an action can represent a card and the numeral of the card that follows it; and the colour of the action might suggest the suit of the next card. But the average person wouldn't be interested in all of those efficiencies.

A question which jumps out is: if I am using a peg location image as the place where a card's visual image occurs, can i ever re-use the location for future memorising of something else?

Yes, the aim is for natural forgetfulness to make you very quickly forget the story where the item that represents, say, the Ace of Hearts, occurs at a location like a garden shed. And that implies that, using memory techniques to memorise exam prompts is not a one time exercise: there needs to be revisiting of the imagined scenes to make your memory stronger of which visuals occur at which locations. After the exam, if you stop thinking about that visual story then the story should be gradually forgotten naturally.

Another question is about the picturing of more than one visual item at the same location. You can do that but bear in mind that there is a simplicity to just storing one visdual prompt at one location; and bear in mind that, once a lot of visual images are imagined at one location, it is more of a mental strain. But I definitely think it is reasonable to imagine about 3 exam prompts at a single scene location.